outline of the programme

VENUES & Timing

All the workshops run on a Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (with the exception of the 2 residential retreats which run for 3 days each and the September 2018 'Pecha Kucha' workshop). Remember that attendance at all workshops is a condition of your acceptance on the Programme. Exceptional circumstances may of course arise and you should discuss these with your MRL Mentor if you are accepted onto the Programme.  If you already know about a clash then tell us in your application. We're flexible and there are ways to catchup via material posted on the MRL shared server, in discussion with your Mentor and through your year's cohort.

MRL is under continuous review by the Faculty and whilst Programme dates are fixed, content and location may vary from that described here.  

2018

MAY 09, 10, 11

Workshop 1 - Residential - Centre for Management Creativity, High Trenhouse, Malham, North Yorkshire

  • The art and science of leadership in culture, business and politics - a 360° examination of leadership with exercises and masterclasses taught by the Directors Nick Winterbotham and Stephen Feber, BCLM CEO Andrew Lovett, Dawn Yates-Obe and Arnie Skelton
  • Self reliance for you and your organisation
  • Your MRL year
  • Mentoring, coaching and MRL evaluation
  • Your Overseas Study Visit

11:30 a.m. Wednesday May 09 to 3 p.m. Friday May 11

JUNE 08

Workshop 2 - Enterprise in Action - Black Country Living Museum, Hobbs and Sons Fish and Chip Shop and Loaf, social enterprise, Stirchley, West Midlands

  • Hands on sessions - making fish and chips and making bread + the financial realities of these businesses in the not for profit sector
  • Know the numbers, see the patterns - running a museum as a surplus generating social enterprise - the view from Andrew Lovett, BCLM CEO and Mark Reeves manager for food and drink operations at the museum

There is significant emphasis on enterprise in the cultural sector - but how do you go about making genuine surpluses on trading and events? This workshop is designed to provide answers.

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

JULY 06

Workshop 3 - Leadership, mapping and growing networks. Plus - developing a museum site - Manchester Museum of Science and Industry - how to rise to the challenge of urban change as Manchester evolves around the MOSI site

  • With Sally McDonald, director of MOSI
  • Development challenge I

Sally will be offering insights into her leadership journey, the development of the museum and the urban developments around the site which include residential, commercial and cultural.  How to map networks, develop a cultural organisation and develop connection.

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

July, AUGUST, September

Overseas Study Visits (OSV)

  • Museums and cultural organisations - worldwide
  • Financial, structural and cultural resilience journeys
  • Interviews, visits, journeys 

SEPTEMBER 13

Workshop 4 - OSV Pecha Kucha presentations -Think Tank, Millennium Point, Birmingham - part of Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT)

  • Resilience lessons from other countries - cultural, financial, organisational and personal
  • Development challenge II - how the changing landscape in Birmingham affects BMT

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

OCTOBER 12

Workshop 5 - Governance, Boards, Purpose - British Museum (TBC)

  • The Board, Chairman and the CEO - case studies of the good, the bad and the ugly
  • With Michael Day former Chief Executive of Historic Royal Palaces and international museum consultant Elaine Heumann Gurian
  • How the social and civic purpose of the museum is defined, shaped and led

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

NOVEMBER 16

Workshop 6 - Social Entrepreneurship – Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham

Should museums broaden their reach and routinely work with partner organisations? A day with leaders and entrepreneurs from the cultural and social enterprise sector from the West Midlands, including:

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

DECEMBER 14

Workshop 7 - The social purpose of museums - National Holocaust Centre, Laxton and The  National Civil War Centre, Newark 

MRL examines the purpose of museums from a number of angles the National Holocaust Centre and the National Civil War Centre provide links and contrasting explorations of this topic.

  • In depth tours of both location to examine the social, cultural, political dimensions of the museum and cultural centre 

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

See The English Civic Museum.

2019

JANUARY 11

Workshop 8 - Leadership in Politics and Art

  • With Tristram Hunt, Director Victoria & Albert museum (TBC)

9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 08

Workshop 9 - Site Development Safari - Bletchley Park

  • Putting the resilience lessons into practice - development masterclass for a museum site
  • How to make money running a cultural business

This is a whole day, in depth examination of a significant site on the outskirts of London.  Q&A with Iain Standen Director  of the Trust and Chairman of the Board Sir John Scarlett (TBC). Sir John is a retired British senior intelligence officer. He was Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service from 2004 to 2009. Prior to this appointment, he had chaired the Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee. 

9.30 a.m. - 5.00  p.m.

MARCH 13, 14, 15

Workshop 10 - Conclusion - Final residential - Centre for Management Creativity, Malham, North Yorkshire

Exercises and masterclasses taught by the Directors Nick Winterbotham and Stephen Feber, BCLM CEO Andrew Lovett, Dawn Yates-Obe and Arnie Skelton, including:

  • Resilient leadership over the long term
  • Your MRL year - retrospective
  • Your personal strategic plan
  • Active coaching in group exercises
  • The art of the leader

11.30 a.m. Wednesday March 13 to 3 p.m. Friday March 15